Newcastle young guns win approval

Paul Dummett makes life tough for Liverpool's Raheem Sterling
Paul Dummett makes life tough for Liverpool's Raheem Sterling
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YOUNG guns Ayoze Perez, Paul Dummett and Mehdi Abeid earned glowing praise from Alan Pardew after Newcastle United’s weekend victory over Liverpool.

The trio – aged 21, 23 and 21 respectively – all played starring roles in the 1-0 win, and Pardew was particularly impressed with left-back Dummett, who helped keep dangerman Raheem Sterling quiet.

He said: “Dummett was outstanding, the player of the game, as he was against the best offensive player in the league. He really did a great job.

“He got every decision right, and I can’t think of any impact Sterling really had, and I’m a massive fan of his.

“For Paul, it was a real feather in his cap, but the back four were terrific.”

Abeid came in for his Premier League debut, and on him, Pardew said: “Abeid has impressed us this season. He had a great season on loan (at Panathinaikos).

“His performance at Manchester City (in the League Cup last week) was better than against Liverpool.

“It was not a tough decision to start him.”

Perez scored the winner for the second week in a row, and Pardew says he still has some improving to do.

He said: “Perez is one of those players that just takes a chance.

“He has a lot to learn about the English Premier League, but if something falls for him, he’ll score.

“His hold-up play and his general strength for this division really isn’t there at the moment, but he has just got that little knack, and it’s a lovely knack to have.”